Maurizio Sarri was critical of Juve’s performance in their 2-1 win over Bologna but believes Matthijs De Ligt shouldn’t be so critical of himself.

The Bianconeri ground out the win in good style but mistakes at the back made the result look far from straightforward at times.

“Defensive deficiencies are not what should be talked about,” Sarri told Sky Sport Italia, “given that their chances came right after we lost the balls, but about deficiencies in buildup and of losing the ball.

“We played a good match with 3-4 huge errors which were partly technical and partly mental, the errors seen from the outside give the impression of weaknesses, they are mental errors, however.

“De Ligt? He needs to stop being critical of himself, he is doing well considering all the challenges of a 19-year-old coming to Italy.

“Rabiot is growing but can’t go 90 minutes yet. Pjanic has refined abilities and does well what we ask, now playing quicker, with fewer touches.

“Bernardeschi does good work defensively, but he’s been working though some offensive decisions.

“Returning after the international break isn’t easy for anyone, we can improve, especially in defense.”